don't lock the stable door after the horse has been stolen

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Don't lock the stable door after the horse has been stolen definition


It's foolish to take precautions after the damage they would have prevented has already been done. Another version of this saying is “Don't close the barn door after the horse runs away.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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